Get to know CN Nash
To share some personal details: I was born in Memphis, TN, but relocated to various cities in the southeastern region throughout my child and adolescent years. Although slightly introverted in the beginning, my social anxiety and fears of being the “new kid in school” eventually pushed me to become more extroverted. Seriously, ask anyone who’s had to move- the most terrifying day is that dreadful first day at school when you panic because you don’t want to be that kid forced to sit alone in the cafeteria (or bathroom- think Lindsey Lohan in “Mean Girls”). Consequently, I was fortunate to cross paths with some of the most diverse and fascinating people that I still remember to this very day. My interest in people grew and I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Mental Health; I ultimately obtained my professional licensure (LPC-MHSP).
Over the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to provide therapy to family and child/adolescent populations in clinical settings including home and community, court, residential and most recently, acute psychiatric placements. From my work with these courageous people, I noticed a correlation between a person’s ability to enhance his/her overall mental well-being with his/her actual awareness or perception of mental health. In other words, the more that person embraced the impact mental health had on his/her quality of life, the more motivated s/he grew in taking personal responsibility towards improving that quality of life.
Since I was a child, I’ve been fond of writing stories as a way to openly share and express my earnest, albeit quirky, reactions to life. Interestingly enough, while a huge number of people shy away from counseling, they’re quick to read books as a means to cope and escape the responsibilities of everyday living. My interests in story narration, coupled with my fascination with mental health, compelled me to specialize in a unique type of fiction for modern day readers. Through this fiction, I seek to expose young women and adolescents to the diverse set of mental health experiences, such as depression, bipolar, and anxiety. My hope is to normalize and dispute what these ladies fear the most- that they are the only ones who struggle with mental illness. In addition, I hope to encourage these ladies to become educated on the negative effects of not seeking the appropriate help.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and cuddling with my furry baby.
I thank you for your support in my journey!